Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon

9.281 ratings
9.02 pro ratings
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David From The 504

Always a go to

Always a go to

1 person found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2017
Shay A
9.0

Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time. 👌

This was enjoyed at the end of the night just to see how we were tasting in comparison to all of the non-cabs we had been trying. Montelena's cabs are a nod to old school as they aren't as heavy and full bodied as most Napa Cabs. Needs a lot of air time to be drinkable. Cedar, strawberries, herbs, and a tannic backbone that will go for years. Great ending, Will!

Monthly wine group meet up. This month's theme was non-typical reds from Napa. Wines were tasted blind. Always a great time. 👌

This was enjoyed at the end of the night just to see how we were tasting in comparison to all of the non-cabs we had been trying. Montelena's cabs are a nod to old school as they aren't as heavy and full bodied as most Napa Cabs. Needs a lot of air time to be drinkable. Cedar, strawberries, herbs, and a tannic backbone that will go for years. Great ending, Will!

1 person found it helpfulJun 14th, 2017
Xavier Valero

Very tight. After an hour showing some fruit but not yet open. Just a baby. Nice. Better after 5yrs.

Very tight. After an hour showing some fruit but not yet open. Just a baby. Nice. Better after 5yrs.

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2017
"Odedi"

This Friday, my Cabernet fix is from the very famous Château Montelena.

Dark ruby in color and cloudy with a wide purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, sweet raspberries, bell peppers, earth, sage, peppermint, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity, smooth with long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

A very enjoyable Napa Cabernet. Soft and smooth, with nice complexity and balance. Still young and needs at least 3 years to blossom, however it is very approachable now.

Delivers nice acidity, to make the finish interesting. Already shows a smooth mouthfeel at this young age.

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

This Friday, my Cabernet fix is from the very famous Château Montelena.

Dark ruby in color and cloudy with a wide purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, sweet raspberries, bell peppers, earth, sage, peppermint, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity, smooth with long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

A very enjoyable Napa Cabernet. Soft and smooth, with nice complexity and balance. Still young and needs at least 3 years to blossom, however it is very approachable now.

Delivers nice acidity, to make the finish interesting. Already shows a smooth mouthfeel at this young age.

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

1 person found it helpfulApr 21st, 2017
Skip Smyser

A young bold masterpiece of winemaking excellence. Years to its peak. Lush fruit, solid tannins great nose and a long lingering aftertaste. 🍷🍷🍷

A young bold masterpiece of winemaking excellence. Years to its peak. Lush fruit, solid tannins great nose and a long lingering aftertaste. 🍷🍷🍷

Jul 23rd, 2019
Warren Grossman

Needs a solid decant. Older school cab, really enjoyable, finishes nicely

Needs a solid decant. Older school cab, really enjoyable, finishes nicely

Jun 14th, 2019
Paul K
9.0

Pairs nicely with sweet potato baby food! 😉

Pairs nicely with sweet potato baby food! 😉

Jan 26th, 2019
Laura Purdy

It’s snowing for the 20th day in a row. I needed a big, tasty Cab.

It’s snowing for the 20th day in a row. I needed a big, tasty Cab.

Dec 7th, 2018
Henry Fuseler

A great Napa Cab. Flavor body finish. 9/18

A great Napa Cab. Flavor body finish. 9/18

Oct 10th, 2018
Lindsay Murray

Pebble Beach Dinner

Pebble Beach Dinner

Jul 1st, 2018